Geography & Environmental Studies, BA

Geography & Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Course Delivery

On Campus, Online, Hybrid

Total Credits

120 Credits

About the Program

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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies (GES) is to provide students with an understanding of the discipline of geography. This includes courses in physical, human, and cultural geography, as well as methods courses that provide exposure to the various tools and techniques of geographic research.

Focus of Study

GES features award-winning faculty with diverse interests that create high-impact learning opportunities for students in inclusive, small-group settings, both inside and outside the classroom. GES is one of UCCS’ ‘Unique and High-Need Programs.’ GES offers minors in GES, Geology, and Sustainability, and a certificate in GIScience.

Program faculty offer a range of diverse research interests and run four on-campus labs:

  • Forest Hydrology
  • Geomorphology
  • Geospatial Technology
  • Tree Ring

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Geography and Environmental Studies requires the following:

  • A minimum of 41 credit hours of GES coursework. At least 18 of those hours must be upper division (courses numbered 3000 or higher).
  • A grade of C- or better in courses applied to the major.
  • A minimum 2.0 GPA must be maintained in all GES course work.
  • No more than 60 credit hours of GES course work may apply to the bachelor’s degree.

Program Coursework

GES majors must take 41 credit hours of GES courses - 21 must be upper-division.

Compass Curriculum Summit Experience
  • GES 4460: Field Studies in Geography
  • GES 4900: Geographical Summit
  • GES 4970: Honors in Geography
  • GES 4990: Senior Thesis
  • GES 2050: Digital Earth
  • GES 3030: Intro to GIS
  • GES 3060: Intro to Remote Sensing
Core Courses
  • GES 1000: Environmental Systems: Climate & Vegetation
  • GES 1010: Environmental Systems: Landforms and Soils
  • GES 1980: World Regional Geography
  • GES 1990: Introduction to Human Geography

Select one of the following courses:

  • GES 2050: Digital Earth
  • GES 3030: Intro. to GIS
  • GES 3060: Intro to Remote Sensing

Select one of the following courses:

  • GES 4460: Field Studies in Geography
  • GES 4900: Geographical Summit
  • GES 4970: Honors in Geography
  • GES 4990: Senior Thesis

Note: Digital Earth (GES 2050) is the least rigorous of the three courses that satisfy the geospatial requirement and as such is the recommended option for students who are not planning to earn the GIScience Certificate and who are not necessarily interested in incorporating geospatial technologies into their career.

For additional details regarding program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Honors Program

The Department of Geography & Environmental Science (GES) at UCCS offers honors for students who have demonstrated high academic achievement. To learn more, please visit the Honors page.

Specialization Options

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Undergraduate Minors:

  • GES 
  • Geology 
  • Sustainability

Undergraduate Certificates:

  • GIScience


Within the undergraduate program, students have the opportunity to participate in an internship program through the UCCS Office of Sustainability. This distinctive program offers students a semester-long service project internship, which proves to be both enriching and rewarding. To learn more, please visit the Internship page.